Coach & Horses Launches Fine Dining Tasting Menu

17 February 2022

The Coach & Horses, a traditional coaching inn in Bolton-by-Bowland, has extended its current dining offer to launch a new fine dining tasting menu.

With Head Chef Ian Moss at the helm, formerly of Northcote, The Ledbury and The Harwood Arms, the pub has two AA rosettes to its name and offers several different menus, including a casual fine dining menu, a Sunday Lunch menu, a Favourites menu and an informal sandwich menu. Menus focus on quality, seasonal ingredients, using local ingredients where possible, to create dishes worth writing home about, including dishes such as crab, watermelon, pea puree, wasabi mayonnaise, brown crab cigar and suckling pig, wild mushrooms, courgette, mini roast potatoes & whole grain mustard jus.

During lockdown, the team reviewed their offering and felt that a tasting menu would not only enhance their existing offering, but it would also see the pub reach new audiences. A 6-course tasting menu is now available at the pub, for £55 per head, with an optional cheese course (£9.50) and a wine flight for £30 per head. Current dishes include:

Amuse bouche

Partridge breast, pear, chestnut, pancetta ragu

Chalk stream trout, caper, lemon, spring onion

Salt aged beef, beef fat roscoff, beef sauce

Passion fruit posset, oat crumb

70% chocolate pave, mint ice cream

Ian Moss said: “Our menus at the Coach have evolved a lot in recent years and during lockdown we spent a lot of time looking at what we wanted to do next. We have a lot of ambitions and with Lancashire establishing itself as a real foodie hotspot, we felt a tasting menu would be well received both locally and beyond. It’s already been incredibly popular, and really takes our offering to the next level.”

Owned by husband and wife team Ko Labeij and Susan Lord, the Grade 2 listed pub had been closed for three years when they bought it. They spent nine months renovating it, creating seven beautiful rooms, a new kitchen, restaurant, bar and beer garden, which opened in 2017. Dogs are welcome in both the pub and a number of bedrooms, making the Coach & Horses the ideal choice for walkers visiting the Ribble Valley.

Two of the bedrooms are also designed to cater for families, with Mouse having a mezzanine layer with a kids’ den and cushion beds and Swallow having two bedrooms and a mini kitchenette.

The pub also features its own micro-brewery, where it brews 4 Mice Ales, using English hops and Bolton-by-Bowland well water.

The Coach recently celebrated an award win at the Lancashire Tourism Awards, winning the Perfect Stay category.

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